From football teams to dress sense via the correct accompaniment for chips, it is fair to say that Glasgow and Edinburgh don’t always see eye to eye.
But while the citizens at either end of the M8 have plenty of jokes about one another, a shared love of good Italian food offers some common ground.
Celebrate both cities by tucking into today’s Big Deal on a delicious three course meal at the Amarone on Glasgow’s Nelson Mandela Place or the Edinburgh branch on St Andrews Square.
While Glasgow’s Amarone has been wowing customers for years, Edinburgh’s branch is much more recent, having opened in the summer of 2011.
The Glasgow branch has been in the news recently after winning the coveted Restaurant of the Year category at the Glasgow Restaurant Awards.
What both venues share is a cool sense of contemporary style which applies to the food as much as the menus.
This Big Deal is for one person to enjoy a fantastic three course meal from the 5pm Big Deal menu at either Amarone restaurant in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
With five starters, six main courses and four desserts, there is plenty to choose from.
Valid all day, Sunday to Thursday, the offer is for a starter, main course and dessert from the following:
Minestrone soup – delicious vegetable and tomato soup served with crusty bread (v)
Soup of the day served with crusty bread
Steamed Scottish mussels with tomato, garlic and chilli
Bruschetta with roasted vegetables finished with a balsamic jus (v)
Caesar salad – Romaine lettuce hearts, garlic croutons & Parmesan, tossed in a Caesar dressing with marinated anchovies
Sea bream pan-fried in paprika & chilli oil with basil and olive oil mash & seasonal vegetables served with a tarragon & mint yoghurt
Risotto funghi – creamy Arborio rice with sautéed mushrooms in white wine & garlic, finished with Parmesan shavings & a drizzle of truffle oil (v)
Linguine pollo – flat spaghetti with chicken, pancetta & a pesto cream sauce
Roast breast of chicken with a mushroom Marsala sauce served with sautéed rosemary potatoes
Pizza Contadina – stone baked pizza with rosemary sautéed potato, onion, thyme & cherry tomatoes (v)
Bistecca di Manzo: an 8oz prime sirloin steak, served with chunky chips & a peppercorn sauce (£5 supplement)
Semi-freddo al ciocolato – iced chocolate & praline cream
Tiramisu classico – Savoiardi sponge fingers soaked in coffee liqueur, layered in a light Marsala & mascarpone Zabaglione cream
Pannacotta con lamponi – vanilla pannacotta served with raspberry compote
Amarone cheese platter: a selection of Italian cheeses served with oatcakes & honey (£2 supplement)
Great customer reviews
Whichever restaurant you choose to eat in, you can be sure that lots and lots of 5pm customers have already given your Amarone the thumbs-up.
The Glasgow Amarone has been given a combined score of 4.3/5 by just over 1500 customers while the more recently established Edinburgh branch has a combined rating of 4.1/5.
This recent comment from a Glasgow Amarone customer is typical:
‘A lovely relaxed night out! From the warm and friendly welcome to the attentive and lovely Katie who served us… this was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in a long time. Every member of the team had a smile and made sure we were enjoying ourselves with quick, efficient service that was not rushed and nothing was too much bother. And as for the food… Ahh, the scallops were simply delicious as was the rest of our menu with great size portions!!! I would highly recommend this as a must visit restaurant and with very reasonable prices. You really can’t ask for more.’ Rating 5/5